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Alex Scarrow judges writing competition organised by Hills Road students

15 Jul 2016

The photograph shows from left to right: Emily Hart, Edward Ouzman and Alex Scarrow.

The results of the recent Writing Competition which was organised by the Hills Road BETA Writing Group (BWG) were announced at the end of a talk given by author Alex Scarrow on Wednesday 6th July. Students contacted Alex via video and were thrilled when he agreed to come along to the College. 

Alex was asked to select the winners from a shortlist of entries who all came from local Cambridge Schools.

The theme for the competition was ‘Everything is fluid, nothing is fixed’ and the winner was Emily Hart from Sawston Village College, her entry was called The Old Man’s River. Alex described her work as ‘beautiful writing’ and said that she has ‘got talent’.  Very closely, in second place was The Entirety of Anything by Catriona West of Stapleford.   

Third place went to Edward Ouzman from Witchford Village College. His entry was called IED and was described as very ‘commercial’.  Alex praised the standard of the entries and encouraged the students to keep writing saying ‘publishers love young writers because they have a long career ahead of them’.

The Beta Writing Group started in September 2015 and is led by volunteer and local author Donna McLuskie who encouraged students to organise the competition. 

Donna said, “From the outset I have been extremely impressed by the creative writing skill of Hills Road students. At BWG meetings I always encourage the students to enter competitions so it seemed a good idea for them to get a sense of how it feels to judge creative writing entries for themselves. This has worked out so well that they are keen to host another competition next year.”

The Beta Writing Group encourages young writers to share and improve their work through constructive criticism.  Students are also encouraged to enter a number of competitions throughout the year.